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St John XXIII Catholic Primary School Inspiring Faith in our Future




At St John XXIII we aim to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.


We aim to ensure that pupils


  • Read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • Use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • Are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate


At St John XXIII we follow the Power of Reading approach whereby our English lessons in KS1 and KS2 are centred around a high-quality text. Pupils learn through a variety of teaching approaches linked to the class text which include rich drama and speaking and listening experiences with many opportunities to write in different styles and for various purposes and audiences.


Classes follow a clear and structured spelling, grammar and handwriting programme with weekly opportunities to apply their learning in pieces of writing.


Teachers carefully plan writing to link to the class Power of Reading text, ensuring that there is a purposeful outcome to each piece of writing. In order to ensure that all pupils learn to be confident writers we encourage children to write creatively whilst teaching key writing skills explicitly and systematically. Writing takes place daily within English lessons and in other lessons is linked to the wider curriculum. Extended writing is encouraged and developed at all times with half termly opportunities to take a piece of writing through all stages of planning, drafting and redraft to publication.